Maharishi Ayurveda

  1. Understand the basic recommendations for total health from Maharishi Ayurveda® in the areas of
    Transcendental Meditation, individualized diet, herbal food supplements, yoga asanas, exercise, aroma
    therapy, Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems, and the daily and seasonal routine.
  2. Understand how the Unified Field of Natural Law (Veda) gives rise to the physiology and can be
    enlivened to nourish the physiology through the application of Maharishi Vedic Vibration Therapy℠.
  3. Understand the ten fundamental principles of Maharishi Ayurveda® as the basis of good health:
    • Health is based on enlivening the inner intelligence of the body, which is the field of pure consciousness.
    • Violation of natural law is the basis of all ill health.
    • Everything affects health, mind, body, behavior, and environment.
    • Overuse, underuse, and misuse of time, senses, and action are the main causes of disease.
    • estoration of balance requires restoring one’s own nature and life in tune with natural law.
    • Balanced health requires balance of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
    • Balanced health requires strong digestive power, or agni.
    • Good health requires purification of the channels of the body or srotas.
    • All treatments in Maharishi Ayurveda®, herbs, diet, lifestyle, meditation, Yoga Asanas, Vedic Architecture, Vedic Music all are means of enlivening and balancing the inner intelligence of the body.
    • Perfect health means achieving higher states of consciousness.
  4. Use pulse diagnosis in the context of a comprehensive and accurate evaluation of patient health in a clinical setting to determine:
    • Body type.
    • Imbalance of the controlling principles or doshas.
    • Level of digestive toxins, or ama.
    • Strength of digestion, or agni.
    • Location of imbalances in the subdoshas.
  5. Provide accurate and clear recommendations to patients for improving health in a clinical setting in the following steps:
    • Determine body type of the client.
    • Determine the imbalance of the client.
    • Determine the level of impurity in the system (ama).
    • Evaluate main causative factors to be removed: diet, daily routine, behavior, relationships, occupation, home environment.
    • Recommend appropriate diet, lifestyle, herbal, and behavioral changes to restore balance.
    • Determine when to refer the client to licensed health care practitioners.
  6. Understand the basic principles of physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and biochemistry as they relate to the qualities of intelligence explained in Maharishi Vedic Science.


  1. Understand the basic concepts of living systems on the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels.
  2. Understand basic and advanced concepts in molecular and cell biology, including:
    • Bioenergetics, enzymes, and metabolism.
    • Structure and function of the plasma membrane.
    • Cytoskeleton and cell motility.
    • Interactions between cells and their environment.
    • Cellular reproduction.
    • Cell signaling and signal transduction.
    • The nature of the gene and the genome.
    • DNA replication and repair.
    • Gene expression.
    • Molecular biology of immune response and cancer.
  3. Understand the techniques that connect biology concepts to applied areas in medicine, agriculture,
    heredity, and industry.
  4. Demonstrate skill in using laboratory instruments and molecular cellular models to understand:
    • The structure and function of microbes, plant cells, and animal cells; with emphasis on use of microscopes, spectrophotometers, and instruments related to photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration.
    • Techniques in molecular and cell biology; with emphasis on gel electrophoresis, microscopes, and instruments related to DNA hybridization, genomics, and proteomics.
  5. Perform and clearly document the results of laboratory experiments.
  6. Describe the role of the eight organ systems, as described in the Veda and Vedic Literature, in
    maintaining balance and homeostasis in the physiology.

General Chemistry

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the composition of matter which includes atomic structure, electronic
    structure of atoms, ions, and molecules, as well as orbital theories and chemical bonds.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the properties of matter which includes gas laws, intermolecular forces in solids and liquids along with the relationship of these forces to melting point, boiling point, solubility, acidity, basicity, buffer action, and colligative properties.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the transformation of matter, which includes thermochemistry,
    thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium and the factors that determine the direction and extent of
    chemical reactions, as well as knowledge of chemical kinetics, catalysis and the factors that determine the speed of reactions.
  4. Perform and clearly document the results of laboratory experiments.

Organic Chemistry

  1. Recognize the importance of functional groups and learning the specifics in structure-property
    relationships with the traditional organization of organic chemistry into families.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of nomenclature, functional groups, reactions, and preparations of more than a dozen of the important families of organic compounds.
  3. Demonstrate skill in writing mechanisms of the chemical reactions proposed for many of the interconversions of functional groups.
  4. Perform and clearly document the results of laboratory experiments.


  1. Understand the basic principles of biochemistry and be able to communicate these principles clearly by solving problems.
  2. Perform and clearly document the results of laboratory experiments.


  1. Understand the basic principles of physics and be able to communicate these principles clearly by
    solving problems, using algebra and applying the principles of physics.
  2. Perform and clearly document the results of laboratory experiments.

Workplace Readiness

  1. Understand and value the role and responsibilities of a health care practitioner to the client and to
    society in the context of an integrated health care system.
  2. Demonstrate the qualities of a responsible health care professional, including compassion, teamwork, and responsibility in the context of internship experiences.

Assessment Measures

  1. Final Essay Exam: Designed to assess student understanding of the core principles of Maharishi Ayurveda®. For the Pre-Integrative Medicine track, the essay will include questions to research biochemical pathways of modern medical treatments of cardiovascular disease, and another major disease.
  2. Clinical Case Portfolio: 10 cases — 7 virtual and 3 live — where students demonstrate competence in evaluating the level of balance, causative factors, and Ayurvedic pathology; and recommending appropriate measures to restore balance through stress reduction, lifestyle, diet, spices, herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, and other modalities of Maharishi Ayurveda®.
  3. Internship Evaluation Form: Completed by on-site internship supervisors to evaluate competencies in compassion, personal responsibility, diligence, and teamwork.
  4. Standardized Tests for Chemistry, Physics, and Biology: Currently, students take a standardized exam from the American Society of Chemistry to evaluate level of accomplishment. Physics and biology faculty have structured comprehensive exams and are researching standardized exams that may be appropriate.
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